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the people that are the most courageous, most -- should most likely be held up to our kids as role models are the ones that least want to be thought of as a hero. >> never get the time. we're talking a lot about snookie and not as much about the coach who was a remarkable human being and everybody would say even as much as he protests that he is a hero and saved a lot of lives. i agree with you, congressman. you have a very good play list. you can come back any time you want. >> thank you. >> you as well, thanks for being with us. with us. let's get to "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- we'll talk about that coach that you speak of. hello to you, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. chardon high school students are arriving at class. a student opened fire killing three. still grieving. some children were accompanied by their parents. on site counselors are ready to help in any way. ted rowlands is in chardon for
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us. ted, how hard has it been this morning for kids and teachers to arrive at school? >> reporter: well, as you can imagine, fred, it's been a very tough day here. it was a tough day yesterday, too. students came with their parents yesterday to school. they had about 1.5 hours in the school cafeteria, the school classrooms where they could go. there were counselors on hand to talk to. they have changed the school taffe tear yeah. that's where the shooting took place. they changed it in a way that they've painted it. they've changed the way the cafeteria tables are arranged in the room for students. of course four students were shot sitting at one of those tables. they are really encouraging the community to be involved in this healing process. take a lis ento the superintendent yesterday at a press conference at the school. >> parents, be a model for your children. they watch and will embrace everything you do.
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send them off to school each day with a hug and a kiss and the message to do their best. my mom did that for me and my two sisters and i also did that for my daughter. if you as parents need help, we'll be there for you as well. our community, you're never alone, not here in chardon. >> reporter: fred, of course security will be a little bit higher at this school. police officers will be there for basically the rest of the year they have decided just in case. bottom line is they're not expecting the students to get back into it very quickly, but they are very cognizant of the fact that they do want them to be together and to work through this process together. >> all right. ted rowlands, thanks so much in chardon. in a show of school spirit
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hundreds of school students and parents wore the school colors of red and black when they walked arm in arm to the school yesterday. that's when they also heard from the assistant football coach, frank hall, being credited with saving lives. hall chased the alleged gunman out of the school, but hall himself said he was anything but a hero. >> to the families of danny, demetri demetrius, and russell, i want you to know i was with them. i prayed with them. i wiped their tears, and i know god was with them. i don't know why this happened, i only wish i could have done more. i'm not a hero. just a football coach and study hall teacher. >> a funeral mass is set tomorrow for daniel parmertor. he was the first student to die from monday's school shooting.
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let's talk nasty weather. dangerous weather. no rest for the weary. just days after tornadoes left a deadly trail across several states, a new danger looms. in a matter of hours a line of storms will bring the threat of more tornadoes and severe weather. it's a horrifying thought for thousands of people already reeling from terrible losses. the death toll rises to 13, and damage, well, that's still being tallied. ashleigh banfield is in harrisburg, illinois, the hardest hit town. rob marciano is in the weather center. let's start with the dangerous weather pattern. rob, this must be pretty terrifying for people who have already been hard hit. >> it is. we'll not only get one round, we'll get two. we're getting the first one right now in through louisville which got hit hard with the first round of storms. also down across parts of tennessee. those are the spots that are going to get the second round later this afternoon and tonight. the storms prediction center out
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of oklahoma has upgraded the risk from moderate to high. if memory serves me, they haven't done that since april of last year, the end of april, during the tuscaloosa, birmingham tornadoes. this is incredibly, incredibly rare. what does that mean? it means we look for a long track, strong tornadoes in this entire red area here, but the entire yellow area where there's a slight risk of storms, that's about 75 million people that could be affected by these storms. in this pink area there's a 30% chance of seeing a tornado touch down within 25 miles of any one point. that's a huge probability. in that red area there's four million people that could be affected by these storms. incredibly dangerous situation that's setting up on top of the fact that it's coming in an area that's already been hit. in some cases there's lots of debris on the ground. in some cases we could see straight line winds doing further damage there. round one happening right now. we've got a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for parts of
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missouri, illinois, st. louis. some of these storms have kicked up some hail the size of baseballs through missouri. this is a hail and wind producer but as the next round sets up when we get the winds and cold front coming through, winds coming from the south, strong. winds coming from the west, strong, at different levels of the atmosphere. that gets your twist, your rotation. we are charging up the atmosphere with a tremendous amount of humidity. on the north side we have cold air in the form of snow and wind. incredibly potent situation developing for the rest of today and tonight. >> very frightening situation. thanks so much, rob. appreciate that. of course, they'll be keeping a close eye on the sky. in harrisburg, illinois, in particular where cleanup is still underway. the sound of chain saws and portable generators fill the air there. residents are searching for keepsakes, valuables buried in the rubble of their homes. even those who lost everything still revel in their own stories of survival.
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>> and it just seemed like the house just lifted up and then just dropped. only it was awful. just like a train. and it just lasted about three minutes. the roof fell in. the glass was everyplace. but while i was on the table i said, lord, make this pass, and it did. >> boy, lots of stories like that many times over. ashleigh banfield is in heir harrisburg joining us with more there. boy, behind you it looked very much the same as it did yesterday, but what is the objective today for a lot of people? >> reporter: you know what, i've got to tell you, fred, i did not like hearing what rob was reporting because there is debris all over this community. i've been showing you these pictures because this is just a i remarkable mountain of mess. this is what happens when a strip mall ends up in a mass jif
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blender. you get debris everywhere and then you hear about a second round coming. here's what's distressing. we're not out of the woodwork. maybe not an f 4 like the one that did this, tornadoes and 40 mile an hour winds, nothing like 180, but 40 mile an hour winds can pick all of this stuff up. >> sharp things, nails, broken glass, cause a very big problem for people out and about. people trying to salvage their goods out of their wrecked homes and all of a sudden people are trying to come out to help out. this community has shut down volunteer efforts. they don't want anyone coming out here because the swath of mess that has been left behind. across the lake, this is a path. if went down this strip mall, dumped most of its shards of garbage in this lake and carried right on across the way. that's the garden heights apartments where i was broadcasting from live yesterday where the bulk of the people who died in the community lived. five of them died over there. you know something, there are still great stories, fredricka. not everybody died who was hit. there is a lot of damage and a
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lot of homes that are very, very badly damaged. but then there is the story of the lion family. the lion family found their grandparents cowering, 70-year-old grandparents cowering in an internal bathroom. the way they found out a tornado was hitting their house, the ceiling in their bedroom fell on them as they were in bed. the grandmother with a broken leg and the grandfather with kidney problems made it out of that brass post bed and getting to safety as their home was literally shred apart. walls, roofs, everything. those granddaughters, lid yeah and khloe lion described to me how they made it from safety and how they survived the disaster. >> she rolled out on the floor. she braced herself on this. just pulled herself up. that's all she could do. my grandfather, she was screaming for him to get out of bed. he finally got out of the debris, comes around, grabs her. walks like this. >> really more of like a dragging like that.
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>> step, step, pull. >> then once they grabbed a sheet, he had a sheet because he saw all the glass on the floor. >> they were barefoot. >> oh, totally barefoot. yeah. then ran into here. went into the bathroom. that's all they could do. >> this is where they rode the storm out. >> the last two or three minutes before someone in the family came. >> reporter: but for the grace of god go those grandparents. they are alive and okay today. i want to let you know, fred. i also bumped into six men across the street. we were going to get a cup of coffee. they were in a spontaneous prayer session around the table in mcdonald's, praling for those in the community. the president has called the governors of six states to offer his thoughts and prayers. lord, let's hope he doesn't have to call anymore governors after what we may be expecting today, fred. >> ashleigh banfield, thanks so much. go to there you'll find all the organizations and ways you can
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help those who are in need. that's at now to a frightening incident at philadelphia international airport. a passenger jet was just seconds away from landing when an air traffic controller spotted a jeep on the runway. the jet was orred to abort the landing, and you can see on this video right here authorities quickly chasing the car across three runways out of harm's way. joining us live from washington with more on this, cnn aviation and regulation correspondent lizzy o'leary. how did the jeep get on that runway and in the end what happened? >> well, this jeep crashed through barriers, a chain link fence, if you will, onto the runway. you mentioned it got on three of four runways at the philadelphia airport. and he was spotted, we should note, by a sharp eyed air traffic controller using ground radar. there are a couple of different types of radar. it was foggy. they saw something on the ground. that allowed the police to chase
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this guy, a pretty high speed chase, up and down the runways. i want to play you some audioof the tower controllers realizing that they have got what they refer to as a rogue on the runway. listen to this. >> everybody on niner left, there's going to be a delay. you guys can shut down if you need to. we've got a rogue vehicle on the airport. we're not moving anybody until we find this guy. >> reporter: they closed the runways while the cops chased him up and down, and that flight that was coming in was a u.s. airways express flight operated by republic airways. it had 29 passengers. the controllers said you have to go up, do a go around. they went right back up averting what could have been a disaster. the plane was probably some 10 to 15 seconds from landing, fred. >> so, lizzy, did the vehicle just crash through a fence there. what more do we know about the driver of that jeep? >> reporter: well, we know that he has a lot of charges that
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have been levied against him, including several counts of aggravated assault. he's 24 years old. he's from near philadelphia. you see him there. his name is kenneth mazic. he'll be charged with driving under the influence. the philly police chief told cnn that he appeared to be high on something when this happened and he could also be charged with federal charges. this investigation is ongoing. the list of charges was piling up in between the times we talked to the philadelphia police a couple of different times yesterday afternoon. fredricka? >> lizzy o'leary, thanks so much, out of washington. let's talk politics now. there's a new gop poll just out on ohio. perhaps the most critical of the super tuesday states. our political editor paul steinhauser joining us from washington. paul, it looks like rick santorum has lost that narrow lead that he had? >> reporter: that's what this new poll indicates. just four days away from super tuesday in those ten states.
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let's take a look at it. this is from quinn ne pea ak university. that's the brand new numbers. santorum at 35%, mitt romney the former massachusetts governor 31 percent percent. newt gingrich and ron paul lower down. that four point advantage is within the poll sampling within the room for error. that was before romney won and edged out santorum. this is national numbers, fred. this is from the gallop tracking poll. look at this. romney with an 11 point lead over santorum among republicans nationwide a week ago it was a very different story. one other thing i want to talk about, big bucks in advertising. campaign ads. you know what, super tuesday states, 80% of all the ads in the super tuesday states come from the romney campaign or super pack that is supporting romney. here's a little taste. >> barack obama and his liberal allies attack mitt romney. why? obama knows he'll beat rick
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santorum. santorum says he's the principle conservative, but that's not how he voted. >> reporter: i tell you, fred, ads really do matter. we've seen that all cycle long. as of today it's the romney campaign and its super pack that are flooding the airways a lot more than santorum, gingrich and ron paul. stay tuned. >> right around the corner. thanks so much. paul steinhauser. we'll see you later on today. super tuesday just days away. we've got that covered for you. starting with a special edition of "john king u.s.a." at 6:00 eastern. on tuesday complete coverage of all the primary results beginning at 7:00 p.m. eastern with wolf blitzer. across seas now, the people in homs, syria, have endured weeks of shelling. now finally they might be getting some humanitarian aid. trucks full of food, medicine, and other supplies have arrived. we'll have details on that coming up. new details are surfacing about a federal investigation into the jerry sandusky case of
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checking stories cross-country now. the u.s. coast guard has suspended an active search for the last crew man missing from a helicopter crash. they were on a training mission when it went down off the coast of mobile, alabama. three bodies have been recovered. in maryland the governor has
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signed a same-sex marriage bill into law. they become the eighth state to allow it. five other states allow civil unions with rights similar to marriage. celebrating the roots of the greatest. the kentucky historical society is putting up a marker in front of the boyhood home of boxing legend mohammed ally. it's the first time someone has erected a marker for someone still living. several prosecutors may be investigates a possible coverup at penn state university. the probe is linked to the case against jerry sandusky, the former assistant football coach charged with more than 50 counts of child sex abuse. cnn contributor and patriot news reporter sarah gannon has been reporting on this story. she's joining us live from harrisburg, pennsylvania. good to see you, sarah. what more do we know about this federal investigation and which direction it's going? >> well, what seems to be clear, you know, this is the beginning stages of this investigation. but what really does seem to be clear is that they're not
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duplicating what state prosecutors have already investigated and brought charges. that's against jerry sandusky and child sex abuse related charges. this seems to be almost going where state prosecutors haven't yet gone. places like penn state university and possibly jerry sandusky's children's charity, the second mile, where state prosecutors say that he did find most of his alleged victims. this seems to be really a probe into things like transfer of money. if there was any misuse of federal money. a state university like penn state gets money from several federal agencies on an annual basis. did they use it for the things that they're supposed to use it for? did they mislead any agencies when they were asked questions about things such as, you know, hypothetical example, do you have any unauthorized people using your facilities? that's been something that's been a hot topic in this case because jerry sandusky kept a key to the penn state locker room after he retired. and that came up again yesterday
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when prosecutors released kind of a very routine, detailed list of some of the times and places and locations of the alleged incidents, and it turns out that eight of the ten victims say that they were assaulted on penn state's campus. >> so one thing particularly you just mentioned that really stands out is transfer of money, possibly federal money that goes to penn state. federal prosecutors are looking into how that money may have been used in what capacity? >> the subpoena is pretty broad. what experts are telling me, they have a theory. they want to make sure that money was used for the correct things. there is a possibility that they're looking into was it hush money. was money used, were checks written to keep people quiet, to keep witnesses -- to keep witnesses saying the correct things? were there bribes involved? that's all hypothetical. this is a subpoena and it was issued february 2nd, just a few
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weeks ago. beginni beginning stages of the investigation. we have no indication they've started doing interviews. this is a subpoena and penn state says they're complying. they won't speculate on what the subpoena is going after and federal prosecutors aren't talking about that. that's what experts are telling us. >> cnn contributor patriot news reporter sara ganim. thanks so much for that update. at long last, the nation's economic recovery seems to be taking hold, but will climbing gas prices derail it? christine romans of the cnn money team joining us. if you're one of them folks who gets heartburn
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civilians in syria who have endured weeks of attack from government troops finally meeting getting food, medicine, and other supplies. trucks full of humanitarian aid are now in the battered city of homs. homs has endured weeks of shelling and death and opposition groups claim 14 people were executed there today. cnn's nic robertson is covering the story from lebanon. nick, those trucks were supposed
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to go into the hardest hit parts of homs. how do we know whether they have arrived? >> reporter: they've arrived in homs, but they seem to have been stuck there now for almost four hours, which is odd because they're dulling -- >> sorry about that. we're going to try to reconnect with nic robertson there when we can. meantime, at long last the nation's economy seems to be recovering in this country. will rising gas and oil prices knock it off course? coming up we'll get answers from christine romans of the cnn money team. ♪[music plays] ♪[music plays] purina one beyond.
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top stories now. a few hours from now parts of the midwest and south will be at risk for another round of severe weather today. forecasters say there's a threat of powerful tornadoes across the ohio and tennessee valleys. a region that was hard hit earlier in the week. federal prosecutors may be
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investigating a possible coverup at penn state university. it's linked to the molestation case against former assistant coach jerry sandusky. former prosecutors with knowledge of the investigation say the potential coverup could involve bribes, fraud, and misuse of federal money given to penn state. and american, european, and palestinian pro-democracy activists accused of citing unrest in egypt are now out of the country. egyptian authorities allowed the group to leave after they posted bail. all right. now let's turn to your money and why you have less of it. a couple of developing stories. christine romans looks at the rising cost of oil. it's the latest threat to the recovering economy. alison kosik has the latest blow to the housing market. christine, let's begin with you. oil is now at its highest price
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since 2008. that's threatening some good news on the economy how? >> that's exactly right. because oil prices mean higher gas prices. when you pay higher gas prices, fredricka, every dollar extra you're paying at the pump you're not paying at a restaurant for tennis shoes at the mall, to go to a movie, right? this is why it has a direct and immediate impact on the economy. quite frankly, we've figured it out. compared with last year, if you've got a 20 gallon tank in your car you're paying $6.50 more to fill up today than you were a year ago. let's take a look at what makes up gas prices. it's taxes. that's one of the reasons why it's different wherever you live in the country. new jersey has some of the lowest taxes. so does alaska. some of the highest taxes in california distribution and marketing 6%. the raw crude oil price is the bulk of what you're paying. i wanted to show you a historical chart, fredricka, because you know i love charts. i wanted to show you how far we've come here. back in 1998 we were talking
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about crude oil at $12 a barrel. today it's at $108 a barrel. that's why gas prices are higher, because crude oil prices have had this amazing run over the past 15 years for a lot of different reasons. that is something that we feel so profoundly at the pump when we fill up. >> that, kbounded by this, the housing market, a big step backward. the number of borrowers underwater on their mortgages is growing. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange with more on that. what does this mean and how did that happen? >> yeah. you know, talk about timing, fredricka. just when we thought the housing market was looking better because sales were actually picking up. now this. the number of people who are underwater or have negative equity in their homes is growing. it means these are people who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. the big issue that's weighing on those homeowners, home prices continue to fall at these levels
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that we haven't seen in ten years. if someone bought during the housing boom, they didn't put much money down on their house, chances are they're stuck with a big loan right as their home is losing value. this is affecting a lot of people, fredricka. 11 million people. that's about equal to the entire population of ohio. nationwide, it's almost a quarter of all homeowners with a mortgage. guess what, these numbers, they're rising. fredricka? >> is there any good news you can share with us from wall street today? >> right now, no. right now stocks are in the red. the dow is down just a bit. we've had some great news here on wall street. some good economic news. two strong weeks as well. you look at how the major averages are doing. the dow and s&p are at four-year high. the nasdaq, 11 year high. it looks today on this friday before the weekend investors are taking profits off the table after that runup for the major averages. >> thanks so much, alison and christine as well. coming up, a cnn opinion writer
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asks us today, imagine a day without a mexican. it's actually the title of his column. he says if that happened the u.s. economy would pay a huge price. charles p. garcia joins us in a few minutes. 13 lucky finalists have a shot at becoming the next "american idol." we'll have the names coming up in entertainment headlines. g intelligence that is helping business rethink how to do business. in here, inventory can be taught to learn. ♪ in here, machines have a voice... ♪ [ male announcer ] in here, medical history follows you... even when you're away from home. it's the at&t network -- a network of possibilities, creating and integrating solutions, helping business, and the rethink possible.
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all right. the suspense is over. the top 13 finalists for this year's "american idol" have been revealed. a.j. hammer, host of "showbiz tonight," has the names. a.j., we got a chance to see a little bit of it. it seems as though the judges
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were very happy about the outcome. >> yes. super talented crowd again this year. fans whittled this crowd down to ten contestants, fred. judges saved three more as wild cards this year. the final 13 names on the list have your usual mix of styles and experience. got a few teenagers in there. let me run them down because you need to know these names. one of them will be super, super famous. holly cavanaugh. dean gra brak ken sic. phillip phillips. shannon mcgray. schuyler lane. a lease test tone. jermaine jones. and erica van pelt. the fans seem to be genuinely excited about this group of contestants. the judges, as you mentioned, fred, seem to be very pleased with their decisions as well. obviously we'll wait and see who comes out as the next "american idol." >> okay. the stars are, you know, in the making there. now let's talk about the -- a former starve a very popular show desperate housewives who
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found herself in court because she didn't like the idea of being written out of her show. she's also alleging assault, right? >> yeah. i think it more had to do with what led up to her being written out of the show. this has been a wild story for me all along. we're talking about former "desperate housewives" actress nicolette sheridan. she's testifying in her wrongful termination. she served as edie brit. she said her character was killed off after she claims terry slapped her in the head. abc says he was demonstrating physical humor he wanted used in the show and called it a light tap to the head. during the testimony sheridan demonstrated. she smacked her lawyer in court to reenact the incident. she hit him hard enough. you could hear the smack clear across the courtroom. they say he had planned to write her out of the show anyway months before the incident as a plot twist because he wanted to
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shock viewers, get some ratings as a result. the rest of the housewives are on the witness list to testify in behalf of sherry. in the end they'll decide if sheridan's termination of her employment was illegal workplace retaliation or, in fact, was it a creative decision unconnected to the alleged battery incident. it's wild to me though, i guess they had to demonstrate it somehow, that she smacked her lawyer in the head. does her lawyer get to sue her how? >> well, hopefully they had made an agreement. drama unfolding in the court as well as outside. i know you'll keep us posted on how it unfolds. thanks so much. you'll be back with us next hour with more showbiz headlines. you'll be talking about an open casket picture allegedly of whitney houston. that turned up in the national inquirer. how did it get there. a cnn opinion writer says undocumented immigrants are more like economic refugees and the u.s. would be foolish to force
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them to leave. his new column is called imagine a day without a mexican. we'll have that discussion next. . how do i play london calling? whole lotta love? a b minor 9th? [siri] i found this for you. add migraine headache to my list of band names. tell julie and kate our band is playing at the garage tonight. [siri] here's your message to julie and kate. call me rock god. [siri] from now on, i'll call you 'rock god'. ok?
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brekt. checking stories cross-country now. bizarre car accident outside sacramento, california. police say a speeding driver smashed through a fence, crashed through a house and then into the side of a second home. amazingly no one was hurt. a connecticut man will not evict his 98-year-old mother
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from her home. peter kantorowski owned the house but wanted his mother out claiming he was concerned about her living alone. on the eve of the trial he had a change of heart and then dropped the case. and a surprise visitor at north carolina high school. a deer jumping through a window reportedly laning on a student's back this time. a surveillance camera captures a chaotic scene as the animal and the students run in the hallways. the animal was corralled and taken out of the building slightly injured. a few students, they, too, had some minor injuries. imagine a day without a mexican. a filmmaker imagined just that for us already. >> when i heard on the news that all the mexicans were gone. >> some brar row missing. >> my husband is a mexican. >> we are looking for a latino
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reporter. >> some people have real trouble. the border patrol, for example, they're out of a job. >> all activity has diminished. >> there's no clean clothes. >> that was a clip from "a day without a mexican" from 2004. its he a satire but it also makes a point about undocumented immigrants and their impact on the u.s. economy. charles garcia's firm helps companies connect with hispanic consumers. he writes about hispanic issues on okay. good to see you. >> good morning. >> so that is, you know, a satire. you say it's a very serious issue actually starting with the whole notion of illegal immigrants. you say for starters people need to change the language. >> yeah, they definitely do. the language of illegal. you see i think on our shoulder
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we have the proverbial angel and we have the devil over here who's dressed up as wyatt erp. he uses the term illegal. they're just a bunch of illegal aliens. they're taking away our jobs. they don't pay taxes. they're freeloaders. martha, we should just build a 1,000 foot wall. >> you're saying it's not that. >> it's not that. the angel is saying, you know what, no. it's the good samaritan. these folks, they're in mexico and other countries. they can't feed their families. if it were my 9-year-old daughter looking at red hair, big blue eyes, daddy, i'm hungry, i wouldn't wait in line for ten years. i'd be the first one looking for the jobs that are available. get the documents that i need and feed my family. and that's kind of the zblsh so you write that the real justification here is that these illegal immigrants are really economic refugees. explain what you mean by that. >> what i mean by economic refugees is first of all they don't have a choice.
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they're here because they're taking care of their family just like our forefathers. >> people argue they do have a choice. they crossed the border. you choose to cross it. >> when you have bullets flying at you and you can't feed your family, the only thing that a man can do is take care of their family. they come here and what's lost in the debate, the dirty little secret, is that anywhere you live in america you pay sales take. you pay property taxes. the state of texas did the only study out there which said that the economic refugees brought in 18 billion in buying, which generated 1.8 billion in taxes for the state and 1.4 went to pay for services. net gain of $500 million. >> is that the justification for changing the status? >> well, that -- >> that there is money being made on the backs of what you're calling economic refugees? >> right. the final dirty little secret is something called income tax. in 1986 when they passed the immigration reform bill, the employers get heavily fined if
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they don't collect. so of every dollar, here's the proverbial dollar, 15 cents goes out to uncle sam. and 15 cents in 2007 was $13 billion in that. >> the opposition view would be billions of spent on indij gent care, billions are spent in income taxes that are not collected. >> but what they're not telling you and the head of the social security was testifying this week before congress that if it weren't for this $13 billion a year or so that's coming in from income taxes that are going into medicare and going into security that they'll never see because they're economic refugees, social security would be bankrupt. >> all right. charles garr see a good to see you. more can be read about your article at >> thank you. >> good to see you. thanks so much. golfer tiger woods once thought about becoming a navy s.e.a.l.? at least that's the claim in a new book. would he have' got tiger woods' reaction straight ahead. when i grow up,
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all right. the u.s. senate has voted to kill a controversial republican health care proposal. it would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage on moral grounds. kate bolduan has the story. >> reporter: depending on who you talk to on capitol hill, the latest battle is about two very different issues. for democrats it's about women's access to contraception. for republicans, religious freedom. >> every step of the way it seems as if there is an assault on women's reproductive choice and having access to health care. >> this is tyranny. it is the political bullying of
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a religious group in the views of the president's allies unpopular religious beliefs. so for political reasons, the religious groups who differ with this are being pushed around. >> reporter: in the spotlight, a gop measure aimed at overturning president obama's controversial contraception rule. sponsored by republican senator roy blunt, the move would allow employers to opt out of some health coverage requirements if they object because of religious beliefs or moral convictions. >> the government's moving in a direction that would force some americans to violate their religious beliefs. this is wrong. we want to stop it. >> reporter: and especially in an election year, the debate is as much about political messages as it is about policy. >> it would allow any employer to deny any health service to any american for virtually any reason. not just for religious objections.
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>> reporter: democrats view a fight over contraception and women's rights as a political win, hoping to gal ve niz women voters. at the same times, republicans know fighting for religious liberty and against government overreach the popular among their conservative base. this is not only a political fight in congress. it's become a defining issue in the presidential race. >> my gut reaction would be always, my gut reaction would be, you stand for the first amendment. you stand for freedom of religion. you stand for the first amendment rights. >> i don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, re religious tolerance we've seen under barack obama. >> reporter: the president's campaign manager says they think they're in a good position. that republicans in the campaign's view have overplayed their hand and this could hurt them with women voters. on capitol hill, republicans insist they'll continue pushing this issue. house speaker john boehner would not say, however, how or when the house would move on a
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similar measure as the one defeated in the senate. kate bolduan, cnn, washington. we're following lots of developments in the next hour of the cnn newsroom. let's check in first with ted rowlands. >> i'm in chardon, ohio. today students return for the first time to chardon high school after monday's deadly shooting. we'll have that coming up next hour. i'm rob marciano in the cnn severe weather center. just two days after deadly tornadoes rolled across the u.s., the atmosphere is charged for round two. nashville, tennessee, one of the many highly polllated cities that will be in the target zone. forecast in the next hour. i'm max foster in the jungles of belize where prince harry is due to arrive for a weekend of adventure. details in the next hour. >> thanks so much, gentlemen. ucla is one of the nation's most legendary basketball programs. but a new story in "sports illustrated" says ucla has gone off the rails. players allegedly are getting high before practice and a coach
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♪ a new book claims tiger woods, even at the height of his success as a golfer, wanted to become a navy s.e.a.l. a reporter just wanted to set the record straight. here's cnn's jeanne moos. >> reporter: when tiger woods eyes you with the same intensity he normally reserves for a golf ball, maybe you ought to duck.
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>> have a good day. >> reporter: a look as steely as a navy s.e.a.l. with a target in his sights. which we mention only because tiger got testy when asked if he really considered giving up golf at the height of his career to become a navy s.e.a.l. based on excerpts from a soon to be published book by tiger's former swing coach. >> specifically in regards to being a navy s.e.a.l., was that something you were considering? >> i've already talked about everything. in the book, yes, i've already commented on everything, alex. >> i must have missed you answering that question. >> if i were to comment on the book, is that in the book? >> i don't know. i haven't seen it. >> is it in the book. >> let's move on, brian. you're a beauty, you know that? >> there's beauty in imagining tiger woods wielding a gun rather than a golf club. submerging himself rather than his ball in a water trap. this is as close as we'll ever come to putting tiger in a tank. he visited army bases and the
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navy s.e.a.l.s. a s.e.a.l. spokesman told cnn i can confirm in 2006 he fired weapons at one of our ranges. tiger's coach wrote, as incredible as it seemed, tiger was seriously considering becoming a navy s.e.a.l. after finding out that the navy s.e.a.l. age limit is 28, i asked tiger about his being too old to join. it's not a problem, he said. they're making a essential age exemption for me. so did he really consider giving up golf for the s.e.a.l.s? >> i'm just trying to find out if that's true or not. >> i don't know. >> reporter: then came a four-second silent stare. >> have a good day. >> reporter: translation, according to one online poster, i am going to get mwy putter an shove it up your -- >> reporter: we haven't seen tiger stare this long since that weird commercial after the sex
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scandal. we learned from a navy s.e.a.l. tiger's visits were informational. we never construed his desires to become a s.e.a.l. >> imagine he did become a navy s.e.a.l. and he was the guy who went and put a bullet in osama bin laden's head. >> reporter: that would have been a hole in one even tiger never contemplated. a tiger eyeing his prey. >> have a good day. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. all right. this morning there's new reason to worry for the communities devastated by this week's deadly outbreak of tornadoes. in a matter of hours, a line of storms will bring the threat of more tornadoes and severe weather. it's a horrifying thought for thousands of people already reeling from terrible losses. the death toll rises to 13. damages are still being tallied. ashleigh banfield is in harrisburg, illinois, the hardest hit town. meteorologist rob marciano is in the weather center. let's begin with the dangerous weather pattern that's setting up right now, rob.
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>> hard to believe just after two days of getting hit with so many tornadoes the atmosphere is recharged once again for a potentially deadly tornado outbreak. we're not really into the heart of the season just yet. what we've got going right now from the storm prediction center just in the last couple of hours, what has been upgraded from moderate to high risk. this pink area right here. that's where we see the highest probabilities of tornadoes breaking out. time frame sometime 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 in the afternoon till as late as 10:00, 11:00 at night. the amount of people that live in this area, it's pretty highly populated. about 4 million or so people live in that area. this area where you see yellow, mind you, we had this yellow, this slight risk area out for the day we had the tornado outbreak two days ago. that's serious business, too. over 70 million people live in this air wra. we're talking about tens of millions of people that are potentially affected by the oncoming storms tonight. strong long track tornadoes. those are the deadliest kind. if there's any silver lining here, most of them will come during the day or at least in the early evening hours.
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70 to 80 mile an hour winds with this particular storm. not one but two rounds of severe weather. we've already seen some this morning. we're seeing a wide batch of it at this hour as kind of the warm front rolls across some of the same areas that will get it again tonight. st. louis, serious hail this morning. louisville, also, same story. down across nashville, one of the other cities that's going to be under the gun this afternoon, you're seeing a round of thunderstorms that really will pale potentially in comparison so what we'll see later on this afternoon and tonight. because it's different from what we saw two days ago, fred. we've got a potent storm system that's going to intensify, si e significant winds from the west and northwest. lower level winds coming from the gulf of mexico. you get that twist, you get that moisture. the ingredients are there for tornadoes. hopefully when these tornadoes hit, they don't hit populated towns. >> let's hope not. all right. scary stuff. thanks so much, rob. appreciate it. this is the last thing that people in hard-hit harrisburg,
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illinois, want to hear. that's where we find our ashleigh banfield where people are already starting to clean up as best they can. >> reporter: you know, kind of. but i got to be honest, fred. they were cleaning up. there's a bit of a stop put to that because exactly what rob was just reporting. i was listening so carefully to what he was saying. we're directly in the path. about two hours east of st. louis of that baseball-size hail he was talking about. that storm system that's coming back for round two. for a place that really does not need it. here's the reason. while people were starting to do some salvage and clean up, look at the things they would have come to salvage. we're at a sports store. there's expensive nike shoes everywhere. there's baseball uniforms and video games and all sorts of, you know, tantalizing items. but let me show you the obstacles to getting at these kinds of things, fredricka. at eye level, just about everywhere, are extraordinarily dangerous things. there are just nails and spikes everywhere you look. when they're not at eye level, they're up high with giant pieces of debris that could fall. and so it is just not safe.
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they called off a lot of the volunteers. let me also note as i'm watching sirens go by, we have been told by the sheriff that at any moment the tornado sirens could go off. they're asking us not to be concerned about it because they're testing them. they obviously want to make sure this community is so prepared for round two if it does happen. if they're not going to be the tornadoes -- we're not expecting ef-4. don't think for a minute the exact thing is going to play out that blended out this entire disaster. but there could be tornadoes. if anything at the very least we're going to get 40 mile an hour winds. 40 mile an hour winds can do some pretty awful things with debris like this. that becomes a projectile. and it becomes a weapon. and it becomes extraordinarily dangerous. that's why all the volunteers have been told, stay home today. don't come out yet. we're going to need a lot of help, obviously, when you look at this disaster, this miss. they're going to have to bulldoze most of this and start scooping it up. i am only in one spot in this town where the majority of the 13 deaths that were reported
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during this storm were actually happened. this is a strip mall. i'll tell you, despite the fact that there are some things that they'd want to recover, you just can't do it. it's just -- it's just such a dangerous spot. recovery and cleanup just has to be on hold until they can actually get the threat of the severe weather. and as we continue to listen for the tornadoes, i want to tell you something about a woman that we met yesterday. janice sozier but for the grace of god got sucked out the top of her house. have a listen to what she said. >> as i closed the door and was holding it, that door pushed back so fast. and i think that's what happened to my hand and my lip. i think the door hit me. then all of a sudden, i was just absolutely out flying around. >> reporter: sucked out through the roof? >> the roof or the door. i don't know. >> reporter: you ended up over here by the dishwasher? >> yes.
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>> reporter: 40 mile an hour winds expected at least today for round two. baseball-sized hail. i'll tell you what, colleagues of mine just left for the st. louis airport and said they were very skrned about that drive. they're driving right into that system. fredricka? >> thanks so much from harrisburg, illinois. keep us posted. you can help those affected by the tornadoes by going to there you'll find all the organizations and ways that you can help those in need. that's all right. about two hours ago, students began arriving at chardon high school for class. four days after a teenager from another school opened fire there killing three. still grieving, some children were accompanied by their parents. on site counselors are ready to help in any way. ted rowlands is in chardon for us. how hard has it been this morning for the students and teachers alike? >> reporter: as you can imagine, fred, it's got to be very difficult. especially when they're going near the cafeteria. the students and the faculty there. because that is where the
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shooting took place. that's where four young men were shot while they were sitting at a table in the cafeteria. what is school has done specifically with the cafeteria, they've painted it a different paint color. then they've also put all the tables in a different order. so it looks much different for the students. a lot of the students saw this yesterday when they came in with their parents. but all of the students, of course, will see it today. while they're in school, the administration knows it's not a typical day. there are grief counselors on hand. they're trying to take it very slowly. >> what about school security? clearly it's been stepped up. how is that impacting the structure of classes and really how the day is likely to unfold? >> reporter: yeah. you know, after it happened there was talk of bringing in metal detectors and a lot of different ideas. the bottom line was that security was stepped up because of the obvious issue of a possible copy cat and to make
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the kids feel better, feel secure. so what they're doing is they're just having a police presence at the school. not in a way to make kids fearful, but to try to make them feel more secure. that's their plan right now. they may change that as the days and weeks go on. they say their plan is fluid and they just want to react to how the students are doing. >> ted rowlands, thanks so much from chardon, ohio. all right. now, let's move to florida where we're finding out some new disturbing details about a major hacking case at nasa. the space agency's inspector general admits a stolen nasa laptop contained unencrypted command and control codes for the international space station. cnn's john zarrella is following the story from miami. john, how did this happen? >> reporter: you know, fredricka, it's not just one incident. but it's a whole series of incidents. thousands of breaches of security. in one form or fashion our investigations over the last couple of years. according to the inspector general's office, now, you know, you would think besides the cia,
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maybe nasa would have the most secure information systems in the world. but according to the inspector general's office, that's not the case. in fact, they say that nasa lags far behind in protecting its data. the incident you referred to, according to the inspector general's office, is resulted in the loss of algorithms from a stolen computer notebook that could have been used to alter commands and control. now, nasa officials told me yesterday that, quote, at no point were the operations of the space station in any jeopardy. now, the inspector general's office also reported a couple of other incidents as well. in one incident, hackers with ip addresses in china gained access to systems at the jet propulsion labtorial, jpl, in california. the inspector general's office said, quote, they had the ability to modify, delete or copy sensitive files.
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so a lot of different things have been going on over the past couple of years. the inspector general has always been keeping a close eye on all of this. certainly some serious breaches of data security have occurred at an agency you would think would be at the very top of the list in keeps its data secure. fredricka? >> i wonder how quickly, then, there might be changes imposed as a result? >> reporter: nasa told me that it is already yesterday as well telling me it is already in the process of implementing recommendations made by the inspector general's office. and continuing to update everything that it does. in fact, what the inspector general's office said was that nasa has been slow in -- let me read exactly what they say. in implementing encryption on notebook computers. that's one of the key things that the ig's office wants nasa to move ahead with. >> john zarrella, thanks so much from miami. >> sure. all right.
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they're the better way to enjoy your fiber. all right. checking stories cross country now. the coast guard has suspended an active search for the last crewman missing from a helicopter crash. the coast guard chopper was on a training mission when it went down off the coast of mobile, alabama, tuesday night. three bodies have been recovered. in maryland the governor there has signed a same-sex marriage bill into law. maryland becomes the eighth u.s. state to allow same-sex marriages. five other states allow civil unions with rights similar to marriage. celebrating the roots of the greatest. the kentucky historical society is putting up a marker in front of the boyhood home of boxing legend muhammad ali. a new poll in the key super tuesday state of ohio shows rick
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santorum has lost his lead. 35% of likely gop primary voters back santorum. 35% -- 31%, rather, favor romney. santorum's four-point edge is within the survey's sampling error, meaning the race is basically tied. tom moore covers politics in ohio. he's anchor with news radio wtam in cleveland. fwo good to see you, tom. >> thank you, fredricka. >> a few things. we know super tuesday is big in the race for the white house. ohio a pivotal state. there have been few distractions for ohio. are voters will consumed with super tuesday or has this kind of been put on the back burner because of more pressing issues for people there? >> it really has been on the back burner. especially here in northeast ohio in the last week because of the shootings at chardon high school. matter of fact, it has been really the only story here this week. which is kind of a good thing in a way, i would think, for the politicians. because, well, i shouldn't say
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good thing. they haven't made any appearances in this part of the state this week. they've been elsewhere. cincinnati and columbus. not here in the cleveland area. that's going to change starting tonight. >> okay. so what's going to change this evening? >> well, you're going to see an appearance by rick santorum. he's going to be speaking at a county lincoln day dinner. mitt romney has a big rally planned tonight at cleveland state university. and they're going to be blanketing the state this weekend. >> okay. what do ohio voters want to hear from these candidates? and do they feel like, whether it be by way of the ads or even with this evening's appearce voters? >> are they going to address the needs of the voters? that's really hard to say at this point in time. i know everybody wants to have jobs. they want to bring the price of gasoline down. you want a good economy. it's a matter of whether or not they're actually going to do that. right now what you're hearing in the campaign appearances and
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especially in the -- in the commercials are the criticisms of one another. romney saying that he is the true republican. santorum saying he's the true republican. it's not so much the issues as it seems to be more of a battle for ideology. >> might those criticisms turn out to be kind of, you know, fuel for backfiring for any of these candidates? >> it very well could be. because you never know what's going to happen in the long run. the old saying, it could come back to bite you in the rear end at the end of time. >> okay. let's talk about a couple, you know, storylines going forward. if romney does well in ohio, we're talking about a very delegate rich state. but this is proportional. if he does well in your view might that reshape the race? >> it could reshape the race. but i've been hearing other things. that there may not be a final decision out of this entire race until maybe at least april.
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i heard a story out of milwaukee, for instance. they're saying that their primary in april may be the one that could clinch it for him or maybe really propel santorum into going further into some of the final primaries. >> all right. tom moore, thanks so much with news radio wtam out of cleveland. good to see you. good luck on tuesday. >> thank you. super tuesday just days away. we've got you covered that night starting with a special edition of "john king, usa" 6:00 eastern time. then coverage with wolf blitzer. queen elizabeth is celebrating her diamond jubilee. her grandson, harry, is doing his part to represent the royal family. he's making his first solo overseas tour. first stop, central america. we'll have a live report coming up. at&t customers get some unwelcome news about their smartphone plans. that story straight ahead. [ female announcer ] the next generation of investing technology
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britain's prince harry is helping celebrate his grandmother's diamond jubilee. he's visiting several nations as a tribute to the queen and her
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60-year reign. first stop, belize in central america. cnn's max foster is there. max, has the prince yet arrived? >> reporter: no. he's just arrived in the coming hours. as you say, it's a big deal for him really. a coming of age really with this public role. he's never represented the queen abroad before. there'll be lots of formalities in terms of that. he'll be speaking on behalf of the queen. she's entrusted him with this role, really. it's going to be a big test to see how he does on it. he's known as a fun loving guy. he likes to throw himself into things. he's also going to use it as a way of showing his own type of royalty, i think. he's going to be climbing an ancient mayan pyramid tomorrow. today we can show you some preparations from the capital where they've closed off a street. there's going to be a street party he's going to turn up to. there's lots of music playing. he's going to try the local cocktai cocktails, local rum. we're told he's going to dance. there's a serious side to this.
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he really wants to show the world perhaps coming out of william's shadow that he's his own man, a fun loving guy but he's got a serious side, too. there's going to be great images coming out of this at a significant point in his royal life. >> looks like he's going to have a lot of fun. other place where is the queen is head of state that harry may also be attending. where? >> reporter: yes. after this he heads to the bahamas. then jamaica. jamaica is going to be really interesting next week. we'll be on the show talking about that. since the trip was announced the prime minister declared she wanted to end this relationship with the monarchy. it's becoming more and more republican jamaica. there's this trend toward getting rid of the monarchy. interesting prince harry is going to go there. very popular guy wherever he goes. to see if he can turn things around. we'll be there when he meets the prime minister, see if there's any awkwardness. also other sort of adventure moments there as well. he's going to be sailing, shooting with the special forces in jamaica and going on a speedboat in the bahamas as
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well. lots of good pictures to come. >> he looks like he's always at home no matter where he goes and having a good time. thanks so much. max foster there in the jungles of belize. all right. when it comes to smartphones, unlimited data plans are nearly extinct. at&t is latest to pull the plug. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. is this just at&t trying to make more money or is there more to this? >> you know what, it's not just at&t. it's not just about money. even though money obviously is a big factor of this. at&t's trying to boost its profits. but it's also facing a space issue, meaning there's only so much wireless network available for their customers. you know, think of how much data our smartphones and our ipads use. you know, they use -- we use lots of data when we download our video and music and our apps. at this point what's happening is the party's over. at&t's unlimited data plan is
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not going to be unlimited anymore. once you use three gigs of data a month, what at&t is going to do, it's going to download your speed. it's going to -- meaning it's going to slow your download speed. you can always bump up to a more expensive plan, though. that's obviously what at&t is hoping that you're fwoing going to wind up doing. they did get rid of unlimited data for new customers back in 2010. now it applies to existing customers, too. >> okay. if smartphones jam up the wireless network, this is an issue for all major carriers, isn't it? >> it is. because, you know, carriers are really -- they're pushing the fcc right now to release more licenses for the wireless air waves because they're getting so crowded. some of that space is going to be auctioned off. but it's not going to happen for many, many years. in the meantime, get used to it. these data caps are really going to become the norm. but it's also very controversial in how that's being done. for carriers, their position is it's a real delicate balancing act. they're trying to manage
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♪ she was in paris, but we talked for hours... everyone else buzzed about the band. there's a wireless mind inside all of us. so, where to next? ♪ time for political buzz. your rapid fire look at the best political topics of the day. three questions, 30 seconds on the clock. goldie taylor, political analyst and cultural critic at the goldie taylor proyekt. and patricia murphy, founder of citizen jane politics and writer for the daily beast. and chris metts ler, professor at georgetown university. hello to all of you. first question, we know the republican primary in georgia is a key one, particularly for newt
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gingrich. just how important? just ask him. >> i have to win georgia. i think to be credible in the race. >> all right. simply put. that may be stating the obvious a little bit. here's the question. does he have any moves left if he opportunity win, goldie? >> he doesn't have any moves left if he does win georgia. >> ouch. >> the fact is, newt gingrich may or may not take our home state. i lived and worked in georgia politics for 25 years. i've got to tell you, i've never seen anything like what rick santorum is pulling off in some of our urban and rural areas of georgia. he's taking it by storm. newt has a lot to worry about. >> chris? >> first of all, newt gingrich is going to win georgia. that's number one. number two, if you look at what his strategy is moving forward, his tragedy strategy is to focu winning georgia. as a result of that, as he said,
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remaining credible in the race. going on to win oklahoma, going on to win tennessee. if you notice kind of what newt does and how newt rises in the polls, which is what he's doing now, he finds an issue to focus on. at this point he has a very smart focus on energy policy. which is now garnering a lot of attention. newt's going to win georgia and that's his strategy. >> newt speaks the truth. he must win georgia. but i agree with goldie. i don't know what he can do if he wins only georgia. rick santorum wants newt gingrich out of this race. rick santorum has been down here in georgia campaigning really hard. huge crowds. santorum is taking it to him. romney wants him out of the race as well. romney canceled on a georgia debate. he knew that would have given newt too many chances to hit punches on him. so everybody wants him out of this race. they know if he loses georgia, he's out. he knows it, too. >> president obama was heckled at a fundraiser. he got heckled by a woman about
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what she called the iran war. here's what happened. >> none of this -- none of -- nobody's announced a war, young lady. but we appreciate your sentiment. [ crowd noise ] you're jumping the gun a little bit there. >> all right. so what does this say, you know, about the president on iran and foreign policy, strengths, weaknesses, chris? >> it says a couple of things. first of all, the war between iran and israel has been going on for a while now. secondly, the conversation and the issue is really around the president's relationship with the prime minister, netanyahu. they have a very frosty relationship. and what the president is trying to do is to try to stop netanyahu from attacking iran,
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especially in the context of an election year. so it exposes his vulnerability on israel. it exposes his vulnerability on iran. and it certainly exposes his relationship with netanyahu. >> goldie? >> you really think the president is playing politics with israel and iran in terms of setting off another war, whether he cares whether it happens during his presidency or any other? no one wants that war to happen. everyone wants peace in that region. it doesn't matter if it's 2012, 2014 or 2057. that's just the fact of it. if you're going to be a heckler, you've got to choose your subject, choose your venue and choose the person you're going to heckle. this person obviously was not aware of the issues and chose the wrong time to raise it. >> patricia? >> i found the president's response to that very, very strange. he was kind of joking about it. this is just a politically and just in reality a very perilous, dangerous situation that's going on with iran. the president's going to be
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speaking actually to the american israeli pact. the group of americans who support israel very much. he's going to be speaking to them in the next couple of days. obama's team says we're going to hear more about his posture toward iran in the next couple of days. i don't think joking about it or responding in a flip way is good. >> all right. your buzzer beater now. 20 seconds each. the president is also pushing congress harder to cut subsidies to oil companies. is this the best way out of the blame for the high prices at the pumps? goldie, you first. >> i think i've been talking a lot about this. a lot of things impact gas prices, whether it is the growth in consumption in china or whether it is, you know, the tensions happening in the middle east or whether it is, you know, the activities of speculator. all of those things including the president and how he setting policy impacts gas prices. to think this president or any other has full control over it is just a misnomer and ought to
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be correct zbld chris? >> it's not a question of whether the president has full control over it or not. clearly the president does not. i think that's stating the obvious. the issue here is, remember, it is the same president who in 2008 talked about rising gas prices. really talked about oil. when, in fact, he was running against president bush. so this has come back to haunt him. look, oil subsidies or decreasing oil subsidies may be part of the issue. it's not the only solution. >> all right. patricia? >> every political challenger blames the president for gas prices. then once they become president they say they don't really have a whole lot of control over it which is true. his solution, though, to tax oil companies, close their loopholes, make them pay more to do business i think is the wrong way to go because they will just pass those prices on to consumers. i think there are other ways to increase domestic production. he's talking about that as well. i don't think that going after the companies -- it may feel good. i don't think it's the right way
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to bring down prices. >> patricia, chris, goldie, thanks so much. you all have a great weekend. >> thanks for having us. >> thanks. >> take care. this breaking news we want to follow now. severe weather. we've been reporting to you the potential danger in many parts of the nation. rob marciano joining us now. first warnings now reported in alabama? >> yeah. now one in east central tennessee as well. and the one in alabama actually, now we're getting reports of a tornado actually on the ground. there's the radar you see in northern alabama. the cell itself is north of huntsville. it looks like they may have expanded that warning just a little bit. moorsville, the sweep of the radar pass through it. just north of there is where a funnel cloud was reported. flying debris. 1.3 miles north of highway 72 near moorsville. that reported by law enforcement. and power polls are down there. we're watching that cell as it moves off rapidly to the north and east. also this cell in eastern
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tennessee has a warning out on it. it's for cab, overton and putnam counties. white county as well. see how rapidly these storms are moving. 50, 60, in some cases 70 miles an hour. that's going to be the ongoing threat today as well. no report of a tornado on the ground. nonetheless, a radar warned tornado. this is just the beginning, fredricka. we expect this to ramp up and peak sometime late this afternoon and this evening. again, our hope is that no populated areas hit. obviously we are going to see tornadoes and some of which are going to be pretty big and pretty strong. >> all right. keep an eye on that for us. thanks so much, rob marciano. all right. basketball bomb shell. ucla's legendary program is coming under increased scrutiny. a new "sports illustrated" story talks about players allegedly getting high and a coach who won't discipline them. that story's author joints us in about ten minutes from now. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer.
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all right. the suspense is over. the top 13 finalists for this year's "american idol" have been revealed. a.j. hammer, host of "showbiz tonight" has the names. a.j., do tell. >> all right, fred. this is where the competition starts to get really good on "idol." the final 13 contestants announced just last night. let's put them up. here they are. holly cavanaug. phillip phillips. shannon magrane. joshua ledet.
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coleton dixon. jermaine jones. erika van pelt. many of them you will get to know well. the judges seem to be excited about how this all fell out. definitely should make for some good tv this season. "showbiz tonight" spoke with some of the judges after last night's show about their oscar nights. you'll remember, of course, ryan seacrest the victim of a sacha baron cohen stunt on the red carpet. jennifer lopez's appearance, let's just say it left a lot of people wondering if her dress fit correctly. "idol" colleagues thought she looked great in the dress. ryan seacrest told us he appreciated the support he's getting about the little prank played on him including support from donald trump who, fred, criticized security on the red carpet. leave it to donald trump. only he could figure out how to get publicity from somebody else's publicity stunt. well done. >> masterful. let's talk about the story behind those photographs or that photograph of whitney houston in an open casket. has anyone gotten to the bottom of who's responsible?
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>> well, it's starting to be figured out. a lot of people obviously very upset about this picture of whitney houston's casket that ran in "the "national enquirer"." the suspicion was the picture had been taken by somebody who worked in the funeral home. the owner denies it was anyone on her staff. >> i'm actually going to have to interrupt you and stop you there. i'm sorry. we've got some breaking news. we want to take you straight to portland, maine. where senator olympia snow, republican there, says she announced earlier this week she's not going to seek a new office again. she's stepping down. here she is addressing her constituents there in portland, maine. let's listen in to what senator olympia snow has to say. >> thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. you'd think i was running for something. well, good morning, everybody. thank you all for coming here
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today. you may have noticed i did make an announcement earlier this week. so it probably would be no suspense about what i'll be discussing here this morning at my press conference and the topic that i will be raising. first of all, i want to say what it means to me to be surrounded by so many of my special friends who played a pivotal role in my political life. and, of course, my personal life with my family, who is here today. most notably -- [ applause ] most notably my husband, former governor of maine, jock mckernen. [ applause ] you know, jock has been with me every step of the way on this
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political journey. not to mention my closest friend and my closest adviser. he's sort of a multitasker in many ways, you know. actually, i was thinking about it. i said yesterday. do you know how many years between us we have served in public office? he said, no. i said how about 56 years? [ applause ] of course, i've been blessed with a fabulous family who are here today. my brother, my cousins, my nieces, their spouses. i thank them. you know, they have always been by my side. and they're here by my side today. they have supported me in so many of my political endeavors. too many to count. but they have always been there for me both politically and personally. and i've always said that the
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real secret to my success has been my large greek family. it's sort of a built-in electorate, you might say. of course, jacque's mother used to say, for an orphan, olympia, you sure have a big family. i want to express gratitude to my staff. both here in maine and my washington, d.c., staff led by my phenomenal chief of staff john richter. [ applause ] there's no finer group of dedicated, more motivated, devoted staff that has provided stellar service to the people of
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maine and to me. they've always gone the extra mile in fighting for the interests of the people that i represent, solving their problems, mitigating the issues, and making sure that government was treating them fairly. i also want to thank my campaign staff, who's here today, who put me on course for a very successful re-election, and to all of the volunteers and to everyone who contributed in numerous ways to make it possible. you're simply the best, and i thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> republican senator olympia snowe out of portland, maine, facing what she says a room full of her friends and family. many of whom have shaped her political career over the years. she says she is stepping down. she hasn't gone on to explain in further detail. earlier in the week she did say that she did find it very frustrating that the atmosphere
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of polarization and that my way or the highway ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions. political director mark preston with us now. she will be, perhaps, describing the level of frustration, how she came to this juncture, just a few days after her 65th birthday. >> yeah. you know, fred, putting politics aside, the fact that she's a republican and, you know, we are very polarized here in washington, this is a huge loss to capitol hill. it's obviously going to be a huge loss to maine in the sense that she has represented maine in the house and senate since 1978. but going to the idea of partisanship, olympia snowe was one of these folks who was really a bridge builder. somebody who could work with democrats and oftentimes was -- was a holdout on key pieces of legislation, whether it was legislation that democrats were trying to get through or legislation that the republicans were trying to get through. oftentimes she frustrated the leaders in her own party as well
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as frustrated democrats. because she wouldn't always go with them. but what she did do was serve as a bridge. i have to tell you, for centrists, it's really a big blow that olympia snowe has decided to leave congress at the end of the year. >> is the number right? she's one of six, then, moderate republicans who are saying they're not seeking re-election in the u.s. senate? >> yes. you know, just a couple of the big names who have been around for a while, look at joe lieberman who's an independent from connecticut. he is leaving. he was once a democrat. had trouble with his own party in a primary. lost it. decided to run. ended up winning and decided to become an independent. joe lieberman is leaving as is ben nelson, a democrat from nebraska who just looked at washington, d.c., and said, you know, i've had enough of what's going on there. it's too tough to get things done. really, that's really a sat state of affairs, i think. whenever we do these national polls and we ask voters, you know, what hatheir view is abou
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washington, d.c., they're not very happy with it. in many ways i think we're seeing that in olympia snowe deciding to leave congress. >> all right. underscoring the polarization. we've heard so much dialogue about. then, of course, potentially changing and really shifting the seat of power there on capitol hill. all right. thanks so much. mark preston, appreciate that from washington. we'll have much more from the "newsroom" right after this. thr, e-trade financial consultants. they'll hook you up with a solid plan. wa-- wa-- wait a minute; bobby? bobby! what are you doing man? i'm speed dating! [ male announcer ] get investing advice for your family at e-trade. who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%,
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basketball program with a storistory ed tradition, ucla is right up there. a lot of credit goes to john wooden who won ten national championships in 12 years. now it seems that positive culture is a thing of the past. george dorman says the ucla basketball program has gone off the rails. he's written about it in this week's "sports illustrate." he joins us now via skype. good to see you, yorj. you actually talked to former players who spoke about, in some cases, being high in practices. how did they get away with that? >> you know, there was sort of a group of players, two different recruiting classes that came in and sort of did what college freshmen do. they -- they partied. and so you had, you know, a different -- a group of kids who were, you know, just being college freshmen. the coaching staff, some which they knew about, didn't really react in time. >> so is this more a reflection
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of the players and their lack of, you know, commitment or being serious about the sports program? or are you saying this is a reflection of the sports program and some real gaps in discipline? >> well, it's a bit of both, i think. there were definitely some players who -- who did some things that -- sort of on their own that maybe a coach couldn't control. there were also a lot of cases the coaching staff knew about. drug use, alcohol abuse and also sort of acts of, you know, of retaliation against teammates that the coach and staff knew about but just sort of let slide because these were star players. >> one of your sources was reeves nelson who was kicked off the team. tell us about his credibility. and why you believed what he was sharing. >> well, reeves was somebody who was, you know, sort of had a crazy side, is what people said to me. in that he at times would let his emotions get the best of him in practice and would, you know, would end up injuring teammates, essentially.
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you know, we had a lot of sources on what he allegedly did. you know, we went to him and explained to him those things. and he sort of just -- sort of fell on the sword and said he made a lot of mistakes. >> okay. george dohrmann, thanks so much. there is a response after your story went up on ucla coach ben howland did come out with this statement saying, quote, obviously this is not a great day for our program or for me. i'm responsible for this program and everything that happens in it. if there's any need to make changes, i will make them. and we'll have much more from the "newsroom" after this. americans are always ready to work hard for a better future.
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